1. US aircraft strike IS drone in Iraq: officials
    Washington (AFP) – US warplanes have bombed a small drone used by Islamic State extremists in Iraq, marking the first time American-led forces had targeted an unmanned aircraft flown by the jihadists, officials said Wednesday.
  2. Islamic State claims deadly museum attack in Tunisia: online recording
    CAIRO (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a museum in the Tunisian capital on Wednesday which killed 20 foreign tourists, according to an audio recording distributed online.
  3. Boko Haram ‘slaughter wives’ in NE Nigeria: witnesses
    Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – Dozens of Nigerian women who were forced to marry Boko Haram fighters were reportedly slaughtered by their “husbands” before a battle with troops in the northeast town of Bama, multiple witnesses said Thursday.
  4. Ben Carson Muslim Alliance Comments: Potential 2016 Candidate Says Sunni-Shiite Union Could ‘Destroy’ US
    Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said in a radio interview recently that he fears a Muslim alliance could take down the United States. Speaking Wednesday on conservative host Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated show, the former neurosurgeon said he fears a reunion of Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
  5. Iraq has not asked for airstrikes in Tikrit: Pentagon
    Washington (AFP) – Iraq has not made a formal request to the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group to provide air support in the country’s offensive to retake Tikrit, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.
  6. Obama says US to ‘re-assess’ options after Netanyahu win
    Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington will “re-assess” its policies after the prime minister’s election win called into question crucial US diplomatic cover for Israel at the UN.
  7. Will Sistani be able to control popular mobilization forces?
    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, issued a fatwa on June 13, 2014, encouraging Iraqis to take up arms to defend “their country and their people and their holy places” as well as join the security forces.
  8. Iraq’s Shiite forces claim victory over IS
    In Iraq, there are dozens of militant groups fighting under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces, which is loyal to the central government in Baghdad, fighting the Islamic State (IS), which occupies large parts of the country.
  9. Iran gathers power in Iraq as US further sidelined
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — While the United States has invested trillions of dollars and thousands of lives since 2003 to bring Iraq into its orbit, today it is Iran that appears to have achieved that goal, albeit with far less costs in terms of money and lives, observers and analysts of Iraqi affairs agree.
  10. An important interview of Shaykh Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmad Tayyeb, about Shia religion
    Shaykh Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmad Tayyeb has been emphasizing on the need for Shia-Sunni unity on various occasions. In this regard, his various statements, interviews and writings also have been coming earlier.